Exhibition design project for the new Museu do Megalitismo (Megalithic Museum) in Mora, Portugal. The exhibition design was developed in close partnership with Site Specific Arquitectura studio, and the museum building was designed by CVDB Arquitectos.
The main concept of this intervention was the tridimensional build up of a scenography inspired by the technical markings made by archaeologists to define their archaeological excavations. The idea was to mimic the excavations' shapes and the terrain slope, in order to define exhibition zones, and also the circulation zones between them. This scenography gave origin to four volumes or exhibition zones, that materialize the exhibition narrative according to its original script.
The first volume/zone – Presentation – introduces the visitors into the exhibition, and, due to its inclined slope can also be used as auditorium by teachers or tour guides to make some presentations to a small audience.
The second zone – Life – has two separate compartments that resemble to dwellings. These compartments are used to explain the life of man during this historical period.
The third zone – Death – has a circular shape, inspired by the interior space of a dolmen, where the visitor can experience what would be these kind of spaces. There are also two niches containing a realistic model of the kind of constructions made at this time in this particular zone, and also a realistic figure (real size) of a man of this historical period.
The fourth and last zone – Beholding – has a closed room (for video projections), and also a stair access, to the more elevated level of the wooden structure, in order for the visitor to be able to behold the whole exhibition room from above.
Throughout this scenography, the visitor can find some displays with objects, graphics with complementary info, and also some interactive multimedia installations. The surrounding black walls have graphic communication about the museum, to give the visitor a better understanding about the overall context of this exhibition.